Jewelry Appraisers in Pennsylvania
Reviews of Appraisers and Gem Labs who provide jewelry appraisal and gemological services in South East and Central Pennsylvania, specifically the Greater Philadelphia area, Lancaster County and Montgomery County. Appraisal services may also be provided to the surrounding counties of Delaware and Bucks.
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The Appraisers below are arranged in order of the number of customer reviews they have received.
Independent Jewelry Appraisers.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Independent Jewelry Appraisers is a full-service appraisal consultancy based in Lancaster PA, offering jewelry appraisals and gemological services to members of the public and retail jewelers throughout the region. Headed by Graduate Gemologist and Valuer, Katy M Clites GG, this company provides appraisals for all purposes, including; Fair Market Value (for estate or divorce), Insurance Replacement, Purchase Verification etc. All value conclusions are professionally presented in a detailed appraisal document that includes all a description of all.... [more info, fees, reviews etc]
Paula A Fox & Co. LLC.
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA
An independent appraisal firm in SE Pennsylvania specializing in gemology by Graduate Gemologist & Certified Appraiser Paula Fox. Whether you are an individual, attorney, or auditor, you can expect unbiased opinions coupled with genuine compassion and a love of all things jewelry, diamonds and gemstones. Paula is proud that her business has been supplying prompt, professional and accurate service, while maintaining client confidentiality for over 25 years.
From a single-item appraisal / valuation of a treasured family jewel to a jewelry manufacturer’s... [more info, fees, reviews etc]
Philadelphia Jewelry Appraisers
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Philadelphia Jewelry Appraisers is owned and operated by Gemologist and Diamond Grader Joshua M. Hyman, G.G. (GIA) and allows walk-ins and also takes appointments. All gemstone identification, grading and valuation is done in front of the client and most single items take between 20-30 minutes to complete. This appraisal company's office is right in the middle of Jeweler's Row in Center City Philadelphia, on the second floor and is a comfortable, enjoyable environment with many mineral specimens, gemological books and gemology related... [more info, fees, reviews etc]
Types of Jewelry Appraisals
Only those specifically referred to on this page are described here
Further types will be mentioned on the Appraisers' profile pages as there are several other types of appraisal reports, each with its own particular wording, purpose, objectives and resulting values. For an expanded list of valuation types, go to the Appraisal Definitions page.
Divorce (rarely requested) - this type of appraisal is used to help divide the tangible assets of a marital estate. The type of value provided in the appraisal report will typically be determined by specific State statutes, by agreement between the parties or by the trier of fact (the Court). Commonly requested types of value include fair market value, liquidation value, replacement value and/or marketable cash value. The level of detail provided may also be a matter of agreement or decree.
Insurance Replacement (routinely requested) - Replacement value appraisals are intended to be used for scheduled insurance coverage of jewelry and watches. The descriptions are usually the most detailed of any appraisal type and include the quality and condition of the item as well as the cut, color, clarity and carat weight (calculated or estimated) of gemstones and diamonds. When appropriate, the age or historical provenance may also be considered as value elements. Depending on the specifics of the item being appraised, the replacement value may be based on the analysis of sales for similar ‘new’ items of like kind and quality or sales of ‘used’ (vintage) items of comparable kind, quality and utility.
Estate Tax (commonly requested) - Estate appraisals prepared to help determine estate tax must meet specific standards outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations and / or the specific regulations of each specific State. For Federal estate tax purposes, the Fair Market Value, as specifically defined by the tax code, is provided based on the methodology and to the level of detail required by the IRS. Recent Tax Court rulings require that these appraisals must meet very specific criteria. This type of jewelry appraisal is very demanding and requires an Appraiser with a high level of education, training and experience in order to help avoid significant tax penalties and possible sanctions by the IRS. Specific value definition and requirements vary between States.